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Last night we went to see "Chicago" at the University theater.  I don't usually care for musicals but this was great.  All the people had lovely singing voices and each word was enunciated p
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posted at 7/8/2011 5:35 PM EDT
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Last night we went to see "Chicago" at the University theater.  I don't usually care for musicals but this was great.  All the people had lovely singing voices and each word was enunciated perfectly so we could understand every one.  The costumes were magnificent.
That's one nice thing about living in a University town.  There's always some cultural entertainment at reasonable prices.

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posted at 7/8/2011 7:25 PM EDT
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Judy, I agree that living in the proximity of events is wonderful.  We are not far from U.C. Berkeley, and of course San Francisco, so there is a myriad of events available.  Unfortunately we really don't take as much advantage of these things as we should.  I'm glad you enjoyed "Chicago"  I have seen it a couple of times once in San Francisco with the "traveling cast".  I loved the film version so much I bought the DVD.

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posted at 7/8/2011 8:01 PM EDT
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Frown Frown Frown

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posted at 7/9/2011 8:36 AM EDT
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I love going to see plays at the local theater.  Several years ago we saw The Wizard of Oz.  It was fantastic.  However, as much as I like to go, we just don't seem to go very often.  Too many other things to do I guess.

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posted at 7/9/2011 10:11 AM EDT
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Small town don't have anything much here but i do like to see shows have to go about 2 hours away to do it.

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posted at 7/9/2011 12:42 PM EDT
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We have our Opera House her in our small town.
We have a lot of show and entertainment come here.
We also show movies on a screen. We always have a
good attendents for the shows. Several bands and  singing
groups come here also.

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posted at 7/9/2011 1:44 PM EDT
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We have three local theaters that we patronize.  We also have season tickets for the "Broadway Productions" that come to town 4 or 5 times a year.  Those are GREAT!!  Even though the cast is not that of the actual Broadway Play, they do a wonderful job, and we never miss a one.  I have also been to Toronto for "Phantom", and to London for "Lion King" and "Chicago" (and when they came here, we saw them again!).  It's a good thing I do not live in New York!  I would go without eating to see all of the Broadway productions!  Hey!  That is a good diet incentive.

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posted at 7/9/2011 2:12 PM EDT
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Our 16 year old granddaughter goes to a performing arts high school.  She is in dance, and whenever dance companies come to perform at U.C. they often give "master classes" to the students at the high school.  What an exciting opportunity to go to classes put on by Alvin Ailey dancers or New York City Ballet Theater dancers.   The same thing happens for the instrumental (both jazz and classical) and voice students.

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posted at 7/9/2011 4:00 PM EDT
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Thanks all for sharing.  I love to hear what other folks do in their spare time.  Although we have theaters and other things not too far away(in Chicago) we don't go hardly at all.  Problem is I like musicals and my husband can't stand them lol.  But one year for my birthday he took me to see The Patsy Cline Story.  It was wonderful(even though I had been in a car accident the day before and was in pain the whole time lol) and full of great old songs.

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posted at 7/9/2011 4:01 PM EDT
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Posted by Nancy G


Why are you so sad Nancy?

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posted at 7/9/2011 6:11 PM EDT
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Cool beans!!  Ever since we moved from the big city in NY to the little teeny tiny town in NC I've been starving for good cultural things to do!!  Believe it or not....the Watermelon and Collard Green Festivals are the big hoo ha's here!!

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posted at 7/9/2011 6:13 PM EDT
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Not only do we go to the plays at the University, we have season tickets to the local theater group.  We also occasionally see a play at one of the other colleges and take in concerts at the University.  All very good inexpensive entertainment.

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posted at 7/9/2011 9:01 PM EDT
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I am lucky, I live not far from Chicago..about an hour by train, I live about 10 miles from Woodstock (they filmed Groundhog Day there) they have a great opera house and the town I am in has The Raue Center, a performance theater as well. 
All that said my husband has progressed to the point that I can not leave him by himself to enjoy all that is available and he has no interest going to see any of the performances. It's hard to even go to a movie with him so I have given up on that as well.
So I enjoy what I can see on TV and when I get a chance to go to a performance I enjoy it even more.  Last live performance I saw was around Christmas I was treated to Trans Siberian Orchestra. I don't know what I enjoyed more, going out, seeing a performance or having a conversation with people that will respond when I asked questions and conversed with me.

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posted at 7/9/2011 9:03 PM EDT
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Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, turn that frown upside down!  Wanna go to a show sometime? 

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posted at 7/9/2011 11:03 PM EDT
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I went to see a play tonight at the Glen Allen Cultural Center.  It is a county production.  The prices are low - and even less because I buy a season subscription.  I love it.  They do some plays that have been on Broadway, but they do smaller shows too.  Every year they have a competition for one act plays as well.  They pick three, and those are done in Feburary as a showcase.
The show tonight was billed as a murder mystery/comedy.  It was a very complicated story with a surprise ending.  I don't think that anyone had figured out who the guilty party was.    A very enjoyable evening.
There are other theaters in my area, but they are more expensive. 
In my opinion, they do not have better shows for the extra money.

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posted at 7/9/2011 11:34 PM EDT
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We have a community college not far from us and we used to go there quite often, in addition to going to a lot of other places before my husband developed his MS.  We don't go anywhere now.  I go to Church and grocery shopping and to the doctor's offices, etc.

Nikki: You are in my thoughts and prayers.(and your husband, too).

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posted at 7/10/2011 5:08 AM EDT
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When I was a teenager we lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  There were many things to do.  Free concerts, fairs, etc.  It was great!

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posted at 7/10/2011 7:43 AM EDT
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I am lucky, I live not far from Chicago..about an hour by train, I live about 10 miles from Woodstock (they filmed Groundhog Day there) they have a great opera house and the town I am in has The Raue Center, a performance theater as well.  All that said my husband has progressed to the point that I can not leave him by himself to enjoy all that is available and he has no interest going to see any of the performances. It's hard to even go to a movie with him so I have given up on that as well. So I enjoy what I can see on TV and when I get a chance to go to a performance I enjoy it even more.  Last live performance I saw was around Christmas I was treated to Trans Siberian Orchestra. I don't know what I enjoyed more, going out, seeing a performance or having a conversation with people that will respond when I asked questions and conversed with me.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki, I am so sorry to hear about your husband.  I don't think it will be too long before I won't be able to leave my husband alone for any long periods of time, either.  :(  That said, I love the Woodstock opera house.  I actually got to perform in "Mame" there a number of years ago.  I had played the role of Vera in another production, and when their Vera had an family emergency out of state during their run, they called me in to take her place.  Nothing like learning a whole different set of directions in 12 hours!   I got to see TSO a couple of years ago in Milwaukee - I have loved them for years.  Lucky you!
Anyway, thinking of you and sending prayers your way this morning.  Take care!

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posted at 7/10/2011 8:18 AM EDT
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It's great to be able to try things locally if they are available in your town.

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posted at 7/10/2011 9:18 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Cultural activities : Nikki, I am so sorry to hear about your husband.  I don't think it will be too long before I won't be able to leave my husband alone for any long periods of time, either.  :(  That said, I love the Woodstock opera house.  I actually got to perform in "Mame" there a number of years ago.  I had played the role of Vera in another production, and when their Vera had an family emergency out of state during their run, they called me in to take her place.  Nothing like learning a whole different set of directions in 12 hours!   I got to see TSO a couple of years ago in Milwaukee - I have loved them for years.  Lucky you! Anyway, thinking of you and sending prayers your way this morning.  Take care!
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Erica, I remember having to do plays in school or even just being on stage and I was scared to death.  I don't know how you do it.  It takes a special person to be able to stand up in front of a room full of people and do what you do.  I almost envy the ability.

Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers.  It is a whole new "adventure" I'll tell you that! I have to stay 1 or 2 steps ahead of him in anticipating what he will do, or heaven forbid, where he will go. It is hard trying to "baby proof" a house for a person that is over 6 foot and 250 pounds. 
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